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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: November 13, 2009 @ 5:15 pm


    Fiona McCann

    Saw: My first ever 3D experience at Cineworld last night watching the heartwarming Up. A moving human story of one man and his lifelong dream was no less real and universal for its magic and fantastical elements. I fancy one of those collars for my dog Lola, too.

    Read: Wolf Hall, done!  Every single page, thank you very much. Verdict? It’s such a fascinating period of time, and Mantel brings it to life with an intriguing portrait of Thomas Cromwell that paints him less as a money-grabber and more as a clever, sensitive man with a genuine interest in theology that he married with a practical instinct about how to survive when heads were rolling all around you. Up to a point, at least. A rollicking, revisionist read about a fascinating period of English history. Now to begin Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin . . .

    News: Feeling bardic, or could it be a simple case of trapped wind? Either way, now is your chance to release the demons and turn them to poetry, just in time to enter into the Some Blind Alleys Christmas Poem Contest. Not for cash mind, but there’s the glory and the t-shirt to consider . . . . Otherwise, pick up a painting from Eolai’s end of year sale.  Occasionally, shopping is actually still ethical and even recommendable after all. . .

    • I am so jealous, I read Let the Great World Spin a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it – wish I was just about to start reading it again! I’ve read all of McCann’s now, he needs to write faster!!!!! Enjoy it…take your time;)

    • Tom Ennis says:

      How’d you find the 3D aspect of Up? Donald Clarke is less than keen on it’s merits (which I suspect has a lot to do with having to perch the goggles over his specs)

    • Fiona says:

      Quality: So far so good – I think I had read an extract previously in the Dublin Review, if I’m not mistaken. It’s good stuff, though.

      Tom: I too had to perch the goggles over specs, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment. I loved the vertiginous elements enhanced by 3D, and while the film probably didn’t make altogether full use of its possibilities, it shouldn’t really have to, in my book. It still worked on lots of levels, though occasional blurred edges could have been smoothed a little better. Overall verdict? Thumbs Up (see what I did there? )

    • Tady says:

      I loved Up. One word: Squirrel! The 3D caused my vertigo suffering father no end of problems!!!

      Just finished reading (or rather blubbering through) “The Book Thief”. Excellent book… very sad at the end, but an excellent read. Dunno what’s up next… I’ll preuse the shelf tonight.


    • mise says:

      A good find, those paintings. I’ll choose one for the office once I’ve finished my poem. A busy day already, and now this.

    • Fiona says:

      Tady: Squirrel! Haven’t read The Book Thief yet but will get the tissues ready for when I do.

      Mise: Sorry about that. But will you be blogging your poem? Would love to read it. . .

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